What do you want to be known for? It’s an interesting and profound question to ask yourself. In this mini-episode, a follow-up to our last episode with Coach and Consultant Heather Wolfson, Opening the Door to What's Next in Your Life, we did just that. Many of us are investigating or full-out heading into new opportunities right now; but are we asking ourselves the right questions and making the right preparations before we jump in? Is it going to serve our values and enhance what we want to be known for? In this episode, we used what we learned from Heather and took an honest look at this for ourselves. Our goal is to help you learn to do the same. Plus, we have a few tips to help you zoom in on the next right step in your journey.
Lanée Blaise [00:00:01]:
Welcome to Imagine Yourself. We are your hosts, Lanee and Sandy, and we're doing another bonus episode where we really dig in, do a little quick and dirty of what we have learned and how the last episode has affected us. And so our last episode was called opening the door to what's next in your life. And it was with Heather Wolfson, who's a leadership strategist and a coach and a consultant, and she was very helpful. And Sandy, she's got me thinking a little differently than I did because of the episode. Do you find that for yourself as well?
Sandy Kovach [00:00:42]:
100%. It's kinda gone from having a list of things that I do to seeing those things all tied together, relating back 2, my values and kind of having a vision. It was something that I just didn't see before, and it's cool how anybody can really do that.
Lanée Blaise [00:01:01]:
It was powerful. The things that it nudged for me were, first of all, how to make connections between the different things that I'm doing, motivational speaking and writing for television and the podcast. And she helped me see how all of that fit together, how I could find my why, how I could develop it and let it focus because she talked a lot about vision and things like that. And some of these things people think are abstract, but a lot of it, I feel was very intentional and very career driven and very powerful. It has me thinking differently about every that I'm doing now, especially in my career.
Sandy Kovach [00:01:40]:
So what are the conclusions?
Lanée Blaise [00:01:43]:
Well, it made me think that first of all, my vision, I want to concentrate and focus on it more and do steps that will bring that vision to life. And there is this one takeaway. I keep hearing it everywhere I go. That's that kinda those little echoes that you get in this world where when you learn something new or you think about something new, you start getting overload. Everywhere you look, you're seeing evidence of that. And mine is always take the meeting. And what I mean by that is, for example, especially for television things, even for the podcast when you first said, hey, Lanae. What if we did a podcast together? I didn't really say yes or no immediately, but I took the meeting with you. For television things, there may be some production companies that may or may not work, but if they agree to meet with me, take the meeting. And then for speaking engagements, it may be something you don't know that it's gonna lead to a future speaking engagement. But when you interact and connect with people and network and you build your relationships and it grows, You never know what might happen. It could touch everything that you're doing. So I just encourage everybody out there, whatever it is that you're trying to do in your career in your volunteer, in your family, in your life. Always take the meeting. I don't know if that applies with dating. Don't always take the meeting.
Sandy Kovach [00:03:04]:
This is not Tinder. No.
Lanée Blaise [00:03:06]:
Oh. That one maybe not.
Sandy Kovach [00:03:07]:
Lanée Blaise [00:03:08]:
Professional things and for things that are, you know, involved with your children and stuff like that, always take the meeting. That's a powerful thing that I learned just right now and focused on.
Sandy Kovach [00:03:19]:
What I like about what you said too is it seems like coincidence, but A coincidence is just God being anonymous. Right? And I was listening to another podcast, the guy that was responsible for God winks. I don't know if you've Read the series of books. I've read, I think, one of them.
Lanée Blaise [00:03:36]:
I've heard of the God Winks. Oh, yes. Keep tell more. Tell more.
Sandy Kovach [00:03:39]:
Tell me more. No. It's just like, you know, there is really no such thing as coincidences. And he was saying it just came to him. And I think he's a former journalist as well, and he Got out of the broadcasting business, and now he's the writer of these God winks books. And his next book is Dog Winks, and I'm I'm not really sure Your dog owns it.
Lanée Blaise [00:03:59]:
Going with that.
Sandy Kovach [00:04:00]:
So I'm gonna have to pick that one up. But, basically, it's just coincidences. So when you say, Yeah. I kept hearing, take the meeting. Take the meeting. I feel like those were kinda God winks for you. And interestingly enough, Heather took me back the other way. I couldn't put together okay. So why is my voice over and podcast and, you know, things I do for television and radio freelance stuff? How is that all fitting in. And, basically, we came to the conclusion that what I try to do is to bring people up with my boys to bring some positivity, try to make that, you know, emotional connection in a way that makes them feel like they have a friend, Like, they're not alone. And not everybody is gonna need that. But as Heather pointed out, to me in the podcast, There are many people who do. And then she took me back to my values, and that was there. Making people Feel welcomed and loved and respected.
Lanée Blaise [00:05:01]:
And that's that perfect part about what she was getting at with what's your why. She wants to make sure that we are leaving a legacy, and she wants to make sure that we are reflecting on our life and saying, what is it that I wanna be known for? How do I wanna show up? What do I want to leave behind, and how do I want to make an impact? And she taught us that all of us to make an impact in the different realms that we are in, whether it's our family, whether it's our business, our career, our community, our neighborhood, our church, our volunteer areas. How do we want to make an impact? And she shows us exactly how to do it.
Sandy Kovach [00:05:44]:
Yes. She has that famous road map, and it was kinda cool because she reverse engineered it with us. She took a look at what we were doing and traced it back to our values and our why. Yes. And she can do it the other way as well, maybe starting with a question of how do you want to be known and what are your values. And if you wanna dig a little deeper and you're in the reinvention process, we have some other great episodes, starting a new chapter, what you should know with LaShay Avery. We have now is the time to reimagine yourself with Isha Cogborn along with the episode right before this, the one we're talking about here, the opening new doors with Heather Wolfson. If you're in that space where you are doing some thinking about what's next, highly recommend you take a few minutes aside on your commute or On Your Walk, and listen to some of those podcasts.
Lanée Blaise [00:06:36]:
I agree. Because Imagine Yourself podcast is about people who want to open new doors and get to the next chapter in the next level. And like you said, the episode with Lashay Avery, the episode with Aisha Cogburn, those are wonderful examples. So just take a peek back at all of our stuff and see what fits for you, see what works for you. When you listen to the titles, you'll know exactly what's meant for you. Overall. We just want to say, imagine yourself finding your purpose and knowing your why and making a beautiful, powerful impact in this world.
Sandy Kovach [00:07:12]:
Thanks for listening. Here's to you and your impact, and we'd love to hear how you're doing. You can go to imagine yourself podcast.com to send us an email or hook up with us on social media. If you haven't listened to the episode with Heather Wolfson. You can find that there too along with the other ones we mentioned. Of course, we're always there on Apple, Spotify, Google, wherever you usually listen to podcasts, And we'll be back with a full episode again next week when we'll have a new guest and something new to imagine.